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"J.Lambercier" & Cie Lathe
Switzerland

With the only known example illustrated below, the history behind the bench precision lathe badged as though made by the machine-tool dealer J.Lambercier & Cie of Geneve, Switzerland, is unknown. However, typical of its type dating from the original American Stark of around 1862 (those from many other makers are listed here), the lathe would have had a centre height of around 100 mm and a capacity between centres of perhaps 500 mm. The usual type of flat-topped, bevelled-edged bed was used, this carrying a compound slide rest fitted with the obligatory long-travel top slide and, dating the lathe to at least the early 20th century, small micrometer dials.
With a full-length T-slot along the front face of the bed, the lathe would have been able to accept a screwcutting conversion of the usual kind, i.e. changewheels driving through a universally-jointed and splined (Carden) shaft to the long-travel top slide. Happily, the screwcutting attachment for the lathe has been found - though it appears to have either been modified in some way or, possibly, adapted from another make of lathe. However, the fitting would have been supplied in one form or another for, with the lathe is a paper copy of the English and metric screwcutting chart labelled
The "Geneva" Lathe - the use of parenthesis around "Geneva" lending weight to the idea that the real maker is unknown and that J.Lambercier were indeed machine-tool traders.
Like the Swiss Breguet Freres & Cie precision bench lathe (which used the same design of rectangular bed foot) the Lambercier was equipped with a wider-than-usual flat-belt cone pulley on the headstock - and so obviously intended for heavier-than-normal work.
Another example of an early and little-known Swiss precision lathe is the
Breguet Frres & Cie, this, like the J.Lambercier having a murky past and perhaps even being a badge-engineered American Waltham.
With the example of the Lambercier shown below resident in England, it would be interesting to know if any further "J.Lambercier" lathes survive.


Screwcutting attachment--looking as though a previous owner had made some modifications


Evidence of some modifications

J. Lambercier & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland: a picture taken in the late 1890s inside their "Hall of Machine Tools"


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"J.Lambercier & Cie" Lathe
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